'Apprentice' star Donald Trump gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2007
Donald Trump isn't one to let people walk all over him. But that's exactly what's going to be the case as The Apprentice host and real-estate mogul had his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
"It probably is [my most favorite piece of real estate]," Trump told CNN on Tuesday about his new star on Hollywood Boulevard. "I've gotten a lot of awards for the building business, but never for the entertainment business. The Apprentice has just become this great success, and I'm really honored by it. To be honored on the Walk of Fame is terrific as far as I'm concerned."
The Donald's star joined 2,326 others already cemented in history on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as he was accompanied by his wife Melania and their nine-year-old son Baron for the ceremony.
"He's strong, he's smart, he's tough, he's vicious, he's violent -- all of the ingredients you need to be an entrepreneur, and most importantly, hopefully he's smart because smart is really the ingredient," the 60-year-old billionaire said of Baron during the ceremony.
Trump told CNN that about a year ago, he received a call from producer Johnny Grant, who is also the "honorary mayor" of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. While the position is unpaid, unelected and has no legal status, Grant's title makes him responsible for unveiling stars on the city's Walk of Fame. When he found he was being nominated and eventually accepted as a star on the Walk, Trump described it as a "great honor."
"It really has been a special moment in my life," Trump said during the ceremony.
Noticeably but not surprisingly absent from yesterday's unveiling was The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell, who has been engaged in a war of words with The Donald for the past several weeks.
"I thought we'd keep her out of this," Trump told CNN. "It's ben blown totally out of proportion."
Trump also told the Associated Press that his feud with O'Donnell is finished.
"If the press would let it die, I'm sure it would die," Trump told the AP.
Trump's recent feud with O'Donnell began last month when he announced Miss USA Tara Connor would keep her title, which was in jeopardy due to underage drinking. As part of her agreement with Trump, Connor is currently attending an in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation center. O'Donnell said Trump, who is twice divorced, had no right to be "the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America," sparking a string of nasty media exchanges between the pair. O'Donnell's The View co-host Barbara Walters was also brought into the fray.
While the feud seems to be fizzling out, there was a bonus for Trump in having his star appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Rosie doesn't have one.